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McGREGOR DEBATE: HOOPS No.2 ‘SURPRISED’

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CELTIC assistant boss Chris Davies admitted he was baffled by the SFA’s refusal to punish Allan McGregor after the keeper’s sneaky off-the-ball kick at Kristoffer Ajer in the champions’ 1-0 win on Sunday.

For a player to be sanctioned – and the Ibrox No.1 would have faced a two-match ban for violent conduct – a unanimous verdict of guilty is required.

The tribunal did not provide that, although whether one, two or all three of its members decided that McGregor did not warrant a suspension has not been disclosed.

Davies said: “I was surprised. From my point of view, I was just pleased that our player wasn’t injured in the game.

“It’s one of those and it was discussed a lot afterwards. Everybody said quite clearly what they thought about the incident.

“Generally, the aggression, physicality and intensity of the British game – and Scotland, in particular – is one of its greatest assets.

“But this incident wasn’t natural aggression or competing in that way. This was something isolated and different to that.

“Physicality is part of football and we would be the first people to say we want that to remain, but this is a different incident we are discussing.”

Davies chose not to question a system where former referees sit in judgement of their friends and colleagues.

He added: “For me, you could see what the goalkeeper did – it was quite obvious. But the people looking at it will come to the decision they think is right.

“What can we do about that? It’s done. We can’t worry about and focus on Allan McGregor,”

 
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